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Digital Archeology with Drive-Independent Data Recovery: Now, With More Drive Dependence!

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Digital Archeology with Drive-Independent Data Recovery: Now, With More Drive Dependence!


Published 2011
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The goal of this project was to recover the data from an 80 Megabyte CDC 9877 disk pack that potentially contains system software for a Cray-1 supercomputer that may be of some minor historical interest. It is quite challenging to recover data from obsolete digital media for a variety of reasons – functioning hardware can be difficult to come by, as well as difficult to interface with even if you have it, and magnetic media can degrade over time, especially if not stored in an archival environment. The target media for this project is a disk pack containing three double-sided 14”-diameter platters containing data – five data surfaces and one 'servo' surface, which provides alignment data for the other five surfaces.


Year 2011
Language English
Book contributor Chris Fenton
Collection opensource

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Reviewer: Gerhard56 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - September 8, 2011
Subject: Congratulation
Hi,

really nice project. I also collecting old computers and I own a pdp11/34 which uses a cdc 9762 drive.

Maybe you can keep me informed (by some mailing list) about other projects of that kind.

My collection: www.compuseum.at

With best regards

Gerhard
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